(Mirror Daily, United States) Birds, mammals, and insects have their contribution to the natural world’s balance. Authorities acknowledge the critical situation of threatened animals, and this is why nine endangered species will now be on the list of protected animals. The decision was made by the Center for Biological Diversity in collaboration with federal officials at the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
The decision which will help protect nine endangered species was made on August 30. Among the animals to be saved, there are the Northern Rockies fisher, the alligator snapping turtle, the California spotted owl, and the Beaverpond marstonia.
By October 2017, officials will have reached a decision on the Northern Rockies fishers. They don’t only face the loss of habitat, but also legal trapping in Montana. Although they used to live on wide forest areas, their habitat ground is much smaller nowadays. Fishers are part of the weasel family, and they are the size of a normal cat. There was another proposal for them to be protected by law, back in 2011, but as the number of the individuals is not know, it was considered that trapping does not severely diminish the population.
Authorities will have decided the plan for the alligator snapping turtle by September 2020. This species of turtle lives in rivers, and it is easily identifiable by its appearance: it has a thick shell with solid scales. They can weigh two hundred pounds, and reach more than two feet long. Research shows that their habitat has been severely reduced.
Two fish species (the barrens topminnow and the Virgin River spinedace) will also be added to the revised list of endangered animals, as well as the foothill yellow-legged frog. These amphibians live in rivers and tend to lay their eggs between rocks.
An insect, the cobblestone tiger beetle, is also among the nine endangered species that will be protected by law. This species is also to be found in rivers, mostly in the eastern parts of the United States. It is believed that only one hundred individuals can be found in the wild at the moment.
The situation of the Beaverpond marstonia (a freshwater snail) is even worse, as specialists didn’t find any specimens throughout the last years of research.
A mollusk is also on the list of endangered animals: the Canoe Creek pigtoe.
Experts hope their efforts will save the populations of endangered animals.
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